By Gordon Kelly
Google likes big smartphones. Until the Nexus 6P, every Google smartphone was bigger than its predecessor but now that trend looks back on course as a potentially massive new Pixel 2 has been uncovered…
Building on news earlier this week that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are being developed under the codenames “muskie” and “walleye,” Droid Life has confirmed “via multiple sources” that a third Pixel is also in development called “taimen”. And this tells us a lot.
In short: Google is famed for its (bizarre) obsession with fish-based smartphone codenames and the dimensions of each fish is always a factor:
- 2012 – 4.7-inch Nexus 4 (Mako)
- 2013 – 5-inch Nexus 5 (Hammerhead)
- 2014 – 6-inch Nexus 6 (Shamu)
- 2015 – 5.2-inch Nexus 5X (Bullhead), 5.7-inch Nexus 6P (Anger)
- 2016 – 5.1-inch Pixel (Sailfish), 5.5-inch Pixel XL (Marlin)
So, for those not familiar with Google’s latest fish, muskies (circa 17kg / 38lbs) are significantly larger than walleyes (11kg / 24lbs) but taimen are truly massive and can weigh over 100kg / 220 lbs. This strongly hints that Google is going very big with its third Pixel smartphone. And with Samsung increasing its 2016 Galaxy S smartphones from 5.1-inches and 5.5-inches to 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches in 2017, the stage is set for Google to create a ‘Pixel XXL’ monster.